The village of Eccles once stood on its own, with the Eccles Cake Shop at its heart. In 1793 James Birch’s shop on the corner of Vicarage Road in Eccles began selling the small, flat,cakes. The once village is now a part of Salford, Manchester and no trace of the original shop remains. Read more on the history of the cakes here.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1lb 2oz/ 500g puff pastry
- 1oz/ 25g butter, melted
- Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 oz/55g candied peel
- 4 oz/ 110g sugar
- 8 oz/ 225g currants
Pre-heat oven to 425°/220°C/Gas 7
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and butter and cook over a medium heat until melted.
- Off the heat, add currants, candied peel and nutmeg.
- On a lightly-floured surface, roll the pastry thinly and cut into rounds of about ¼ inch/0.5cm thickness and 4 inch/10cm diameter.
- Place a small spoonful of filling onto center of each pastry circle.
- Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little cold water and draw the edges together over the fruit and pinch to seal.
- Turn the patty over, then press gently with a rolling pin to flatten the cakes. Snip a V in the top with scissors. Place on a greased baking tray.
- Brush with water and sprinkle with a little extra sugar.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned round the edges.
- Place on a wire rack and allow to cool. Try not to eat them all at once!